System Administration Guide: Naming and Directory Services (NIS+)

Disassociating a Replica From an NIS+ Directory

To disassociate a replica server from a directory, you must first remove the directory's org_dir and groups_dir subdirectories. To do this, use the nisrmdir command with the -s option. After each of the subdirectories are removed, you must run nisping on parent domain.

nisrmdir -s replicanameorg_dir.domain
nisrmdir -s replicanamegroups_dir.domain
nisrmdir -s replicaname domain
nisping domain

This example disassociates the manfreplica1 server from the directory:

rootmaster% nisrmdir -s manfreplica1
rootmaster% nisrmdir -s manfreplica1
rootmaster% nisrmdir -s manfreplica1
rootmaster% nisping

If the replica server you are trying to dissociate is down or out of communication, the nisrmdir -s command returns a Cannot remove replicaname: attempt to remove a non-empty table error message. In such cases, you can run nisrmdir -f -s replicaname on the master to force the dissociation. Note, however, that if you use nisrmdir -f -s to dissociate an out-of-communication replica, you must run nisrmdir -f -s again as soon as the replica is back on line in order to clean up the replica's /var/nis file system. If you fail to rerun nisrmdir -f -s replicaname when the replica is back in service, the old out-of-date information left on the replica could cause problems.